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Board of Directors

The “Board of Directors” category contains articles of information that is pertinent to topics relating to a homeowner association’s board of directors.

“Open” vs “Executive Session” Meetings of an HOA’s Board of Directors

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“Open” vs “Executive Session” Meetings of an HOA’s Board of Directors Perhaps because homeowners associations are often viewed and characterized as private governments or quasi-public bodies, most meetings of the board of directors of a homeowners association are required to be open to attendance by the association’s members and state ...
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8 Steps HOA Boards Can Take to Minimize the Risk of Fraud & Embezzlement

/ Board of Directors, Finances
8 Steps HOA Boards Can Take to Minimize the Risk of Fraud & Embezzlement Because they rely heavily on volunteer homeowners with varying background experience and limited time that is devoted to providing services as a director, Homeowners Associations are extremely vulnerable to financial damage as a result of criminal ...
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8 Steps HOA Boards Can Take to Minimize the Risk of Fraud & Embezzlement

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8 Steps HOA Boards Can Take to Minimize the Risk of Fraud & Embezzlement Because they rely heavily on volunteer homeowners with varying background experience and limited time that is devoted to providing services as a director, Homeowners Associations are extremely vulnerable to financial damage as a result of criminal ...
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A New Year Brings New HOA Budgets

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A New Year Brings New HOA Budgets As nonprofit corporations, homeowner’s associations must establish budgets each year so that the revenue received by the association is sufficient to pay for, but does not exceed, the projected expenses for the year. This content is for Subscribers. To continue reading, you must ...
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Adopting and Enforcing Rules and Regulations

Adopting and Enforcing Rules and Regulations The primary governing documents for a condominium, homeowners, or owners’ association (Association) are frequently thought of as the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs), and the Association’s Bylaws. This content is for Subscribers. To continue reading, you must have a Subscription with HOA ...
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An Effective Strategy for Dealing with “Out-of-Control” Board Members

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An Effective Strategy for Dealing with "Out-of-Control" Board Members It is not uncommon for homeowners associations to have certain volunteer members that appear to have control over the entire operations of their homeowners association. This typically occurs when such members have been elected to the board of directors year after ...
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Association Member Rights to Speak at Board of Director Meetings

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Association Member Rights to Speak at Board of Director Meetings The rules pertaining to a homeowner association member’s rights to speak at meetings of the Association’s board of directors will be defined by the laws of the state where the association is located and the provisions contained in the association’s ...
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Association Member’s Attorney Properly Excluded from Board of Directors Meeting

/ Board of Directors, Case Decisions
Association Member's Attorney Properly Excluded from Board of Directors Meeting A California Fourth Appellate District Court ruled that a homeowners association properly excluded a member’s attorney from a meeting of the association’s board of directors. After the association’s board of directors refused to allow a member’s attorney to attend a ...
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Association That Obtained a “Take Nothing” Judgment is Awarded over $220,000 in Attorney’s Fees

Association That Obtained a “Take Nothing” Judgment is Awarded over $220,000 in Attorney’s Fees This case involved a dispute between a homeowner (“Owner”) and his homeowners’ association (“Association”) over Association’s entitlement to an award of attorney’s fees after Association obtained a “take nothing” judgment on claims Owner had alleged against ...
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Association’s Protected by the “Business Judgment Rule”

Association’s Protected by the “Business Judgment Rule” This case involved a dispute between a homeowner member of a property owners association (“Owner”) and the association (“Association”) over a decision by Association’s directors not to take legal action against another homeowner under the business judgment rule. The dispute was over alleged ...
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ASSOCIATIONS MUST MAINTAIN PROPER MINUTES

ASSOCIATIONS MUST MAINTAIN PROPER MINUTES The only way to properly memorialize what transpired at meetings of owners, association directors, or committees is through the preparation of minutes of the meetings that are conducted. This content is for Subscribers. To continue reading, you must have a Subscription with HOA Member Services ...
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ASSOCIATIONS SHOULD HAVE RULES FOR DEALING WITH DISRUPTIVE MEMBERS AT OPEN BOARD MEETINGS

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ASSOCIATIONS SHOULD HAVE RULES FOR DEALING WITH DISRUPTIVE MEMBERS AT OPEN BOARD MEETINGS A common issue that homeowners and condominium association management personnel address is how to deal with disruptive association members that attend open meetings of the association’s board of directors. This content is for Subscribers. To continue reading, ...
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Business Judgment Rule Protects Association

/ Board of Directors, Case Decisions
Business Judgment Rule Protects Association This case involved a dispute between a homeowner member of a property owners association (“Owner”) and the association (“Association”) over a decision by Association’s directors not to take legal action against another homeowner under the business judgment rule. The dispute was over alleged improvements that ...
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CA Ct. Says Protections of “Business Judgment Rule” Require Showing of Reasonable Diligence

CA Ct. Says Protections of “Business Judgment Rule” Require Showing of Reasonable Diligence This case involved an action by a homeowners association (“Association”) against an individual homeowner and pertains to claims relating to actions that she took while serving as an officer and director of Association. Association alleged that the ...
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California Court Clarifies “Business Judgment Rule” re Personal Liability of Directors

California Court Clarifies “Business Judgment Rule” re Personal Liability of Directors by Lawrence Szabo, Esq. | Apr 3, 2014 Unpublished California Appellate Court decision (entered April 2, 2014): This case involved an action by an owner against the Association and individual members of the Association’s board of directors based on ...
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